Porthdinllaen RNLI assist Coastguard teams to rescue dog.

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat was requested to launch at 4:30 pm by Holyhead Coastguard, to assist Coastguard teams in locating a dog that had fallen down the cliff at Uwchmynydd near Aberdaron.

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat launches down the slipway

RNLI/Dylan Thomas

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat launches down the slipway

Upon arrival at location, the lifeboat was able to assist Coastguard cliff rescue teams from Aberdaron, Abersoch and Criccieth who were also on scene, to located the dog, a small terrier. With treacherous cliffs in the area, the dog was soon spotted, approximately 70 feet down the 200 foot cliff. With no safe way to reach the dog, the Coastguard team decided the best option was for a member of their team to abseil down the cliffs with the lifeboat guiding them to the exact position. The dog was successfully reached and retrieved back to the cliff top. The dog, which was unharmed, was returned to its grateful owner. With the incident successfully completed the lifeboat returned to its station and was refuelled and ready for service by 9:00 pm.

Robert Jones, Second Coxswain at Porthdinllaen added “We were glad to be able to assist our Colleagues at the coastguard service to retrieve the dog. We were all glad that he was uninjured and returned to its anxious owners but probably felt a bit ruff after being stuck on the ledge for so long”

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